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Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights

Harris, O'Boyle, and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5th edn)

David Harris, Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates, and Carla M. Buckley
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 50811. Article 8: The Right to Respect for Private and Family Life, Home, and Correspondencelocked

p. 50811. Article 8: The Right to Respect for Private and Family Life, Home, and Correspondencelocked

  • David Harris, David HarrisEmeritus Professor in Residence, and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Michael O’boyle, Michael O’boyleDeputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (2006–2015)
  • Ed Bates, Ed BatesAssociate Professor, School of Law, University of Leicester
  • Carla M. Buckley, Carla M. BuckleyInternational Human Rights Lawyer
  • KreŠimir Kamber, KreŠimir KamberRegistry Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights
  • ZoË Bryanston-Cross, ZoË Bryanston-CrossRegistry Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights
  • Peter CumperPeter CumperProfessor of Law, University of Leicester
  •  and Heather GreenHeather GreenIndependent Researcher

Abstract

This chapter discusses Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is described as the ‘least defined and most unruly of the rights enshrined in the Convention’. Article 8 places on states the obligation to ‘respect’ a wide range of undefined personal interests which embrace a number of overlapping and interrelated areas, including some LGBT rights. None of the four interests covered by Article 8(1)—private life, family life, home, and correspondence—is defined in the Convention and their content is a matter of interpretation.

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